Supporting communities with Ecclesiastical charity days
23 January 2020
Here are some examples of the charity work we completed in 2019.
Penny Mustoe, Sarah Turner and Rhonda Hall volunteering for the National Trust
As part of Ecclesiastical’s commitment to ensuring the business makes a positive contribution to the community in which it operates, all employees are given the opportunity to complete one day of volunteer work for a charity of their choice per year. Here are some examples of the charity work we completed in 2019.
New Start Cat Rescue
Colleagues from the Marketing and Client Services Teams provided a helping hand for the New Start Cat Rescue in Huntley, which rescues and finds homes for abandoned and unwanted cats. The charity only has one full-time member of staff and relies on the support of volunteers to carry out its exceptional work. The team fed the rescue cats, cleaned their pens, and even helped with ‘cat-cuddling’, which helps to prepare the animals for rehoming. In the afternoon, the team also helped to upcycle some furniture.
The Royal British Legion
Relationship Managers Pauline and Brenda spent their volunteering day with the Royal British Legion’s local Hardwicke & District branch. Having set up shop in Tesco, Pauline and Brenda got to work selling poppies to help raise money for serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces community and their families. Brenda often gives her time to raise money for the Royal British Legion – a charity close to her heart, her partner having served in the military for many years.
The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal
For the second year in a row, Managing Director Chris and Client Services Administrator Loretta chose to support the Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal. The worldwide Christian charity is dedicated to fighting social inequality. Chris and Loretta worked at the Gloucester-based church, preparing and serving Christmas lunches for vulnerable and homeless people. As part of the Salvation Army’s foodbank scheme, Loretta also helped to prepare food parcels to be distributed to disadvantaged families in the area.
The National Trust
Client Services Administrators Rhonda, Penny and Sarah chose to spend their charity day volunteering with the National Trust-owned Woodchester Park in Stonehouse. The team was tasked with digging holes through Cotswold stone to fit one of five new benches, for which the National Trust had received funding. Once the team had finished, their bench was neatly positioned to give generations of visitors a spectacular view of the Victorian gothic mansion for years to come.
Red Horse Foundation
Marketing Manager Emma Simpson spent a day volunteering at the local Red Horse Foundation. Through working with horses, the charity provides therapy sessions that can help to improve mental health and mindfulness. Emma said: “It was amazing to both witness and find out more about the difference the therapy sessions make. I look forward to further supporting this charity in the future.”
CCP Hamper Scamper Event
At the Regency Shopping Arcade in Cheltenham, Lynn from the Marketing Team helped busy shoppers to tackle their Christmas wrapping in exchange for a donation to Caring for Communities and People (CCP).
In addition, the Ecclesiastical Planning Services team’s annual ‘bonus ball’ scheme generated £87 in leftover prize money which, in support of CCP’s Hamper Scamper event, was used to buy Christmas presents for disadvantaged children. The event seeks to spread festive joy through giving food parcels and presents to families who may be living on the brink of homelessness and struggling to afford food and heating.